The Assignment – Part 2

Here, taken from The Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning is the most famous and widely distributed image of Gadet, being painted/ drawn/ sketched by Pierre Bonnard, in his studio, thought to be around 1937 or 1938. It is unclear from this image, and from research I have done, what painting/ drawing of Gadet, Bonnard…

Research – Brassai and Bonnard

As part of their on-going friendship, and Brassai’s relationship with artists, clowns and writers, a series of photographs was constructed looking at artists at work, in their studio. This was subsequently gathered, organised and edited into the book ‘The Artists of My Life’, by Viking press of New York in 1982. It includes Brassai’s essays and…

The Assignment – Part 1

Gertrude Stein moved to Paris in 1903. From then on, till her death in 1946, she held court in her Paris home with artists and writers, playwrights and actors, singers and dancers. Part of this group, was a french clown by the name of Gadet. He first appears as part of Stein’s group in letters…

Background work – the exhibition 3

As well as the actual pages of the Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning, there is supplemental work in the exhibition – props, letters etc. These supplemental works will be labelled as below. This is simple descriptions of the material contained in the cabinets/ vitrines etc. It  is important to me that the exhibition maintains…

Background work – the exhibition 2

Following on from my previous post, here is the layout for the exhibition. It includes the supplemental work such as letters sent and received to relevant parties – publishing company, family and university. Also included is a telephone/ video interview with Mrs Andrews, as well as a prop used by Christy Weaving. The exhibition will…

Background work – the exhibition

I have been working on the plans for the exhibition of The Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning. As we are reminded of Joseph Beuys idea that we should always exhibit our work. So with this in mind I have been making plans to exhibit the work – with the aim of doing this some…

Assignment Five – Planning

More than 4 months ago, I was doing some research on the Gadet pages of the Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning. One of the drawings, pastels of Gadet by Pierre Bonnard is owned by the Tate. So about 4 months ago I rang them and asked about it. Its not on show apparently. It…

Some information I was sent

In 2015 when I was researching the Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning, I made contact with Robin Andrews, the author’s widow. She wrote to me and gave me further information about he book and her husband, Chuck. Subsequently – probably about 3 months later – I received a box in the post. It was…

The Assignment

The finished assignment shows pages 46 and 47 of the Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Clowns and Clowning. We have a description of 1980’s US digital clown Eugene Cross. The entry shows also a still from his 1983 video performance ‘Modern Mimes – a Visual and Sensory Piece for Big Top’. I have searched on YouTube for…

Second thoughts – planning outline

These are some just general notes and scribbles regarding the piece. Notebook work really. As this has been an on-going project, notes have overlapped, plans have merged and separated, decisions changed.   I don’t know if these notes make anything clearer for anyone. I use this large notebook generally, but also a small notebook which…

Assignment 4 – Responding to a theme

Genre is helpful but general – no photographer is just a still life or portrait photographer. I was glad to hear that no photographer sticks to one genre – though I am not totally sure if that is true for all – it certainly seems to be true of me. I worry sometimes that this…

Exercise 4.1 Fragments

I wanted to avoid the normal grouping of still lives. I wasn’t opposed to doing traditional style lives – but just wanted to play with the set-up really. So because of this I chose traditional still life objects, bottle, fruit, flowers – the usual – but tried to mess a bit with the structure. I…